COVID-19: 10 Cases Of Delta Variant Detected In Nigeria — NCDC

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Nigeria has so far recorded 10 new cases of the Delta COVID-19 variant.

The Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chik­we Ihekweazu, disclosed this at the ministerial brief­ing on COVID-19 in Abuja.

The Delta variant is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a variant of con­cern, given its increased transmissibility.

The variant has so far been detected in over 90 countries.

Ihekweazu, who was represented by Mrs. Elsie Ilori, Director of Disease Surveillance Department, CDC, while giving an update on the Nigeria’s COVID-19 situation, said that while progress had been made in response to the ongoing pandemic with the fact paced development of diagnostic, therapeu­tic, and vaccines globally, variants of concern with increased transmissibility pose a threat.

“With sequencing ef­forts, we have detected 10 cases which are confirmed to be the Delta variant.

“We are working hard to ensure genomic surveil­lance of travelers’ samples and to scale up our genom­ic sequencing capacity.

“While doing this, we are scaling up our testing capability, by the rollout of rapid Diagnostic Test Kits (RTDs), in selected states nationwide.

“As we have mentioned before, we encourage con­gregate setting, such as hospitals, schools, work­places and correctional fa­cilities, to take advantage of the WHO, approved RTDs kits to detect cases promptly,” he explained.

The NCDC boss dis­closed that the country’s test positive rate based on Polymerase Chain Re­action (PCR), test alone, which he noted was an indication used to under­stand the level of virus transmission increased to 3.4 percent in the country.

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